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India exempts Afghanistan’s fruits exports from customs duty

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) announced on Wednesday that the Indian government has pledged to exempt Afghanistan from customs duty on its fruit exports to the country. Deputy Chief of ACCI, Khan Jan Alokozay, said the Indian

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Afghanistan key player in regional energy projects

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Afghanistan is an integral part of the major energy projects, such as  the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, in the region. The TUTAP project serves to import electricity from the energy

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A public library opened in Balkh

A newly built public library was inaugurated in Balkh, Mazar-e Sharif on Tuesday. The opening ceremony was attended by employees of the Balkh District Governor’s Office as well as local politicians and provincial council members. The German Government funded the

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India provides annual aid of $1mn to Afghan Red Crescent Society

India has committed to provide annual financial assistance of US$ 1 million for five years beginning 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS). This is for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease. The first installment

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Kunduz’s main bridge destroyed by Taliban soon to be reconstructed

Afghan Ministry of Defense has informed that reconstruction work of Alchin bridge, the main bridge connecting the northern provinces with the Sher Khan port in northern Afghanistan, has kicked off. The bridge was completely destroyed by the Taliban militants in

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364 development projects completed in Logar Province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Program (MRRD) have completed 364 development projects in various districts of Logar province. Costing AFN 461,427,000, the projects are implemented in the districts of Baraki Barak, Charkh,

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Mayors take the first step toward formation of a National Union of Afghan Municipalities

Mayors from Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities will attend the Second Annual National Mayors’ Conference in Kabul on August 28 and 29. Funded by USAID through its Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) project, the conference is the

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12 agri products’ processing & packaging centers to be built soon

The Afghan government will establish 12 agriculture products’ processing and packaging centers in various provinces of Afghanistan at a total cost of USD 1.6mn. An agreement to that effect was signed between Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and

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A Muslim saved Donald Trump from bankruptcy twice

The Republican presidential candidate of the United States, known for his controversial statements on the Muslim community, is also a billionaire businessman who does not miss a single opportunity to boast about his successful business empire. But, who knew he

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High Council of Economy’s performance questioned ahead of Brussels Summit

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the High Council of Economy is established to find solutions to the economic problems of the nation as part of Afghanistan’s development commitments to the international community. The Council’s responsibility is to make policies

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China launches its first cargo train to Afghanistan

China launched its first cargo train to Afghanistan on Friday, officials have reported. The train went from Nantong City, east of China’s Jiangsu Province, to Hairatan, a border town and port in the north of Balkh province of Afghanistan. It

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Transparency International launches anti-corruption program in Afghanistan

Transparency International officially launched its three years program for fight against corruption in Afghanistan. The Afghan-German Cooperation is supporting Transparency International’s commitment to Afghanistan, funding the establishment of the international program. International professionals are currently recruiting national colleagues for the

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Afghanistan’s first online real estate

Maskan.af is Afghanistan’s first online real estate that is designed to help property buyers and sellers  and property dealers to exchange information and promote their properties in a quick and efficient manner. Hamayoon Qaderi is the man behind this initiative

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Brussels Summit to address economic problems of Afghan villages

One of the topics on the agenda for the upcoming Brussels Summit is going to be the economic development programs for Afghanistan’s villages. This comes as villagers slammed the government for failing to address the economic needs of the villages.

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Afghan-Pak trade deals reduced by 50%

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have said trade deals between Afghanistan and Pakistan are reduced by 50% during the recent months. The officials have linked the decline in trade activities between the two nations to the trade

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Tehran ready to foster ties with Kabul: Bahrami

Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Reza Bahrami met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday to discuss bilateral relations between the two nations. The two officials conferred on regional developments and reviewed ways of promoting relations in the areas of

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WB assists $70mn to develop irrigation system in Afghanistan

The World Bank (WB) has pledged USD 70mn to the Afghan government for reconstruction and development of irrigation system in the country. The announcement was made at a World Bank session, headed by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, in Kabul on

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124 projects completed in Samangan Province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) implemented 124 uplift projects in Dara-e-Sof district of Samangan province at a total cost of AFN 179,905,000. According of NSP Provincial Manager in Samangan province, these

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Afghan traders protest at Kabul Airport over transfer of goods

A number of Afghan traders protested in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul  on Saturday over transfer of goods which is monopolized by a single company. The protestors criticized the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

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USAID funds new facilities to advance agricultural education in Kanadahar

A new agriculture demonstration farm and research facility will be set up at the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Kandahar with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The demonstration farm will be used

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4 marble processing plants inaugurated in Nangarhar province

Four marble processing plants worth USD 6mn were officially inaugurated on Tuesday in Nangarhar province. According to the province’s officials, the processing plants are built in Sheikh Mesri industrial park in Surkhrod district of Nangarhar province. The processing plants generate

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Ban on Pakistani currency proves to be a success in Kandahar

Kandahar has witnessed the lowest usage of Pakistani Rupee in the past few weeks following the imposition of a ban on the foreign currency. A staunch campaign against Pakistani currency was launched throughout the province to help boost the value

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Taliban stealing DABS income through fake electricity bills

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity company, officials have claimed that Taliban are stealing incomes the company’s income from electricity in southern Helmand province by making fake bills. DABS CEO Qudratuallh Delawari said the Taliban were collecting electricity

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100 Women in Badakhshan complete training courses

During the last 6 months, 100 women in Badakhshan received trainings in tailoring, English and Information Technology (IT) at Faizabad’s Women Training Center. The provincial authorities of Badakhshan, the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, media and a representative from the

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150 Afghan businessmen ready to invest in Chabahar port

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoI)  have announced that 150 Afghan businessmen are ready to invest in Chabahar port. Musafer Quqandi, spokesperson to the MoI, said the investors are provided with the needed facilities for investment by both the

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